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. >>> in afghanistan tonight a lot of unanswered questions about the shocking assassination of president hamid karzai's half-brother. shot in cold blood at his home by a trusted associate. we have the story from kabul. >> reporter: hi, ann. ahmed wali karzai, he was lured out of a meeting and shot in cold blood. he was shot and killed by other security guards. he used the trust to lure him out of a meeting and shoot him in cold blood. he was also shot and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure and an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered a big victory for the taliban, ann? >> thank you so much. >>> another milestone up in space today as two residents of the international space station stepped outside to retrieve a broken ammonia pump
's effort to cut $1 billion in annual costs to the company. >>> this was the last day in afghanistan for america's best-known general, david petraeus, who transferred command of u.s. and nato-led troops in that country today to his replacement, general john allen. a west point graduate with a princeton phd, easily the most celebrated modern day general officer is leaving to run the cia as the u.s. prepares for a gradual drawdown from afghanistan. >>> when we come back here tonight, new research is on head injuries, dementia and alzheimer's, and the group that researchers are most concerned about tonight. >>> they may have come up short in the end, but u.s. team is still american idols. end, but u.s. team is still "american idol"s. your sho. one day i'm on p of the world... the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain. it progressively got worse. my rheumatologist told me about enbrel. i'm surprised how quickly my symptoms have been managed. [ male announcer ] because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fig
personal struggles. >>> the new secretary of defense in afghanistan with a striking new assessment of al qaeda. >>> final edition for a tabloid caught up in its own scandal. is there more to come? >>> and royal treatment. will and kate bring their charming style to the u.s. carrying on a long family tradition. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. betty ford, a former dancer, stay-at-home mom of four, and wife of a michigan congressman, never could have imaged the strange circumstances that in 1974 would land her and her husband, gerald ford, into the white house, but for a role she was unprepared for, first lady of the united states, she made a lot of it and changed thousands if not millions of lives in the process. betty ford died last night in california at the age of 93. she was known for speaking her mind, even when it didn't jive with her husband's political agenda, but she is best remembered for putting a public face to some awfully personal struggles and inspiring americans, particularly women, in ways no other first lady had. >>> at the ford museum in g
, nbc news, oslo, norway. >>> as the u.s. prepares to withdraw troops from afghanistan, another setback to report tonight. a suicide bombing has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan's second largest city. the mayor who, by the way, was a dual afghan-u.s. citizen was killed when an assassin detonated explosives hidden in his turban as the mayor met with tribal elders. >>> we have been reporting this week on the famine affecting millions in the horn of africa. today, a plane carrying the first airlift of urgently needed nutritional supplements landed in somalia. the shipment will be distributed to medical facilities to help starving children. >>> when we come back, the troubled life and far too early death of an olympian we got to know in vancouver. speedy as he was, he couldn't outrun his demons. >>> and later, closing the doors of an american institution after more than 100 years. more than 100 years. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers
attack victims and fallen soldiers. tony just found out that his son james who died in afghanistan in 2006 may not only have had his cell phone hacked into, but also his e-mail. >> they have hacked into a dead soldier, it's despicable. what else would you say? what on earth did they think they were going to find? >> reporter: in the words of the prime minister, people trust the police to protect them, politicians to represent them and the press to inform them. and says the british public has been failed by all three. michelle kosinski, nbc news, london. >>> in the middle east where fridays are typically the biggest day for protests, following friday prayers, hundreds of thousands were out on the streets of syria again demanding regime change, and in egypt, protesters are back in the streets, back in tahrir square. it's been five months now since mubarak was forced out, since we were there to cover it. there was so much hope back then, but there's now growing anger over the pace of change and growing concern about who olds the power. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel fin
. >>> the united states is close to defeating al qaeda, making that statement today on his trip to afghanistan as defense secretary. he met with hamid karzai in kabul. he said the death of osama bin laden has helped generate new information about other al qaeda leaders. . >>> the news of the world is signing off tomorrow with one final headline -- thank you and good-bye. the final edition of the british tabloid will pay tribute to the many scoops over the paper's 68-year history. rupert murdoch ordered the paper closed this week after a phone-hacking scandal exploded. murdoch is scheduled to fly to london tomorrow to deal with the growing police investigation there. reporters and vetters are accused of hacking into the phones of celebrities, the royal family, murder victims, even dead british soldiers. >> these people could have had their phones hacked into in order to generate stories for a newspaper, is simply disgusting. >> some british leaders called for other tabloids in london to be investigated. there are reports that rupert murdoch's son james could be facing charges in the case as wel
about the u.s. fight -- rather in afghanistan. leon panetta said defeat is, quote, within reach. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. it's his first trip to that country since becoming defense secretary last week. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed al qaeda. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with ma mid karzai. >> the newlywed royal couple will go from the glitz to the gritty as they wrap up their north american trip. they are in los angeles. they got to attend a high-priced polo charity match. gina kim shows us their day full of fun, food, and glamour. >> reporter: a royal visit to tinsel town wouldn't be complete without a walk down the red carpet. saturday night so
, a suicide bomber has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor is the third major political figure in afghanistan killed this month. >>> more breaking news from abroad. take a look at this video from south korea right now. crews are out trying to save people trapped by torrential rain and landslides. these dangerous conditions killed at least 22 people. among the dead, ten college students out doing volunteer work. more than 800 homes are also flooded in seoul and the surrounding areas. about 15 inches of rain fell in just 17 hours. >>> one of mt. rainier's top police officers is waking up in police custody this morning. police say officer gene gillette tried to sexually abuse a young man and then shot him as he tried to run away. news 4's tracee wilkins is live in mt. rainier with the latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. gene gillette has been with the mt. rainier police department for three years. first year he was voted rookie of the
moment of unity. the army's 170th infantribury good day in afghanistan held its breath on every kick. while around the world, this was the cheer. >> usa! usa! >> usa! >> reporter: in new york's times square. >> they've got the guys rocking the women's jerseys. it feels really good. >> reporter: suburban los angeles. >> i look up to every single one of them. >> reporter: and a sports bar where expats and tourists stood for the national anthem. in the twitter verse, thousands of fans tweeted support including justin timberlake. lans armstrong and president obama who watched the game with his family. while in frankfurt dr. jill biden and chelsea clinton represented the white house. a former soccer mom herself. >> you must be so excited! >> reporter: biden thanked the parents of the team. >> it's the moms and the dads who are behind their children and who get them to where they are today. >> reporter: it was not the ending america hoped for. but for some, it was still satisfying. >> whoever wins, i'll be happy, to be honest. >> reporter: now, japan won the cup in plenty of hearts here in
. he is army ranger sergeant first class leroy petrie, six tours in afghanistan, two in iraq, a married father of four, awarded the nation's highest military honor by saving the lives of fellow troopers by picking up a live grenade and throwing its which cost him his hand and much of his forearm. this photo received wide circulation around the country today, it's the president, shaking his new prosthetic hand yesterday at the white house. we wanted to show you how matter of fact he is about the new hand, which he loves to play with and talk about and demonstrate. that's a handsome hand. >> it's wonderful. when i lost it, i thought i was going to have a hook, which i was content with. i mean i was happy the way i lost my hand, but nevertheless, to lose a hand. >> shake my hand with that. >> oh, yes. >> tell me how it feels for you. >> for me it feels like a normal handshake. it uses the same muscles that i would to open and close. it's no change from what i did before. it took me a couple of hours to learn how to use it. >> if you haven't caught on by now, this is an exceptional guy. he'
and afghanistan. at a speech today, the president walked the middle ground. >> neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to our debt. but both parties have a responsibility to come together and solve the problem. >> reporter: and one of the big issues for democrats is they say the republican plan would sort of expire before the president's re-election campaign, with another vote to raise the debt ceiling again, they say that would put us right back here. republicans say they need to guarantee that cuts would actually happen in the future to prevent more of a crisis. now, after all this wrangling, aides tell me the senior level negotiators in both parties are still talking, trying to find a way to close the gaps. and as you mentioned, brian, speaker boehner will follow the president tonight. he'll speak for about five minutes to lay out why he thinks his plan should get the public support. brian? >> kelly o'donnell setting the stage on capitol hill for us tonight. kelly, thanks. >>> our chief white house correspondent political director chuck todd is with us tonight from the wh
gets paid and what doesn't. that's causing anxiety from wall street to the battle fields of afghanistan. as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, discovered for himself today, nbc's jim wikachenski is traveling with him. >> reporter: here at the hot spots of kandahar, american soldiers and marines are still dodging bullets, rockets and road side bombs every day. amazingly, when they had a chance to throw questions at the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, their number one concern was the ongoing debate back home over the debt ceiling. >> the checkbook is not unlimited. >> reporter: admiral mullen told soldiers at kandahar that if the talks failed they'd still have to fight but they might not get paid. >> there are plenty of you that are living paycheck to paycheck. so if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating impact and it can have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: at camp leatherneck, mullen told marines given the state of the u.s. economy, all the services face a cutback in the size of the force, and maybe e
services that have been rendered, to pay our soldiers who are in iraq and afghanistan. but that could send shivers through our credit markets, not just here but around the world as the u.s. has had a huge loss in confidence. that could end up with major concessions. so if you borrow from your credit cards to buy a dishwasher, a car, or send your kids to school, that's going to become much, much more expensive. at the same time, the government has all this borrowing on its books and it has to pay all this interest on it's books and it's going to grow immensely. there's no reason we should be talking about making it harder for american families to pay its bills or the american government to pay its bills when it's already difficult enough. >> and later we'll look at how the budget issues in some states are threatening summer. that's later on in tonight's broadcast. >>> another chapter is in the books in the widely watched saga of casey anthony following all the hubbub this week after she was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, this was sentencing day and while she escaped the murder
in on the by taking bribes as well as. >>> leon panetta has been to iraq and afghanistan before but never as defense secretary, that happened this weekend, he's only been on the job for 11 days and already those traveling with him say there's been an unmistakable change at the top at the pentagon. our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is traveling with him and tonight has an exclusive interview with the secretary. >> reporter: the new secretary of defense leon panetta surveyed iraq from a u.s. military helicopter today and was troubled by the landscape below. u.s. no, sir -- u.s. forces here set to withdraw by the end of the year are once again caught up in a war. panetta told a gathering of soldiers today the killing must end. >> my first responsibility as secretary of defense is to make damned sure that we do everything necessary to protect you. >> reporter: panetta pressured iraq's top officials to send iraqi military officials out to hunt down the attackers. in an interview with nbc news, panetta suggested if not, american combat forces would do the job. >> all i can tell you is i do have
's newspapers. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. she owns a christian coun
that he got shot in afghanistan and received his purple heart. so if his life would have been taken, i couldn't have married him in march so i'm excited. >> reporter: about a dozen military brides to be lined up outside the yes to the dress bridal boutique hoping to score the dress of their dreams. dresses they got, absolutely free. >> i feel so pretty. i think this is like a $1,500 dress. i could never afford that on my own. >> reporter: the owner madison west teamed up with brides across america to give away designer gowns to women who are actively serving in the military or marrying someone who is. her father served, and she wanted to give back. >> it's the right thing to do to take care of our military who take care of us every single day. >> this is the dress. >> reporter: patrice campbell will marry her fee san say memorial day weekend next year. she walked away with a $3,800 gown, the first she tried on. >> it's crazy. it feels g. it's heavy. a lot heavier than i thought. but i guess that's what a wedding dress is like. >> the fact that this wonderful lady is doing this for them
in afghanistan. he was looking for four of his team members. he found them, shot to death. even though he was already wounded by shrapnel, meyer helped carry his comrades from the kill zone. the date of the award ceremony hasn't been announced. he will be the first marine to receive the medal of honor in more than 41 years. >>> the united states post office has a list of 3,600 post offices that may be closing. we'll find out tuesday who is on it. the move comes as mail volume is down nationwide. the postal service lost $8 billion in revenue last year, due to the recession. e-mail and online bill-paying. also on tuesday, the post master general will announce a new concept to replace offices in neighborhoods that are shut down. >>> china has a reputation for being the source of a lot of cheap knockoffs. >> but how about a fake apple store? a blogger living with her husband in a city in southwest china snapped shots of not one, but three fake shops, same wooden tables, similarly dressed workers, but with some discrepancies. real apple stores don't say apple store on them. and if they did, th
, that relatives of british soldiers killed in action in afghanistan or iraq were themselves alleged victims of cell phone hacking, their messages and voice mails also eaves dropped upon by whoever at the "news of the world" was responsible for it. and that's what thein queerers are supposed to determine. in event, the son of rupert murdoch commented today. >> clearly the actions of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in, that i believe in, and that this company believes in. >> reporter: there are published reports that perhaps as many as five additional people at the paper might be arrested and charged by the end of the week. mike taibbi, nbc news, london. >>> that's news4 at 4:00. news4 at 5:00 starts right now. >>> first at 5:00, casey anthony's sentence for lying to police, and tonight we know exactly when she will walk out of jail. >> dirty politics are a simple mistake. who is responsible for flipping the switch on a water fountain during a local mayor's big campaign speech. >>> wildlife in the suburbs. a local community is on
arrived in iraq sunday after a visit to afghanistan. it's his first visit since taking office july 1st. three or four rockets hit the green zone in baghdad early this morning, an apparent signal from insurgents that they were aware of panetta's arrival. 15 soldiers were killed in iraq last month. panetta said iraqi extremists are being armed by iran with sophisticated weapons they're using to find and kill american forces. >> we're very concerned about iran and weapons they're providing to extremists here in iraq. and the reality is that we've seen the results of that in june. we lost a hell of a lot of americans as a result of those attacks. >> reporter: secretary panetta also said he is requesting that iraqi security forces step up security for american troops. if that doesn't happen, he said he has the sole authority to order u.s. military forces to conduct combat operations against the insurgents. >>> the fbi is leading an investigation into the discovery of a stun gun on board a jetblue airplane. cleaning staff found the device, which closely resembles a smartphone in the back sea
united a divided country. rallied around the flag and these women in new york. los angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangela calhoun led her friends and family from hidelburg in the classic cheer. of soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> as the nfl and the nba have been locked out, baseball is going through the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something that americans can see and really feel proud of these women going out there, and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup. by defeating the number one ranked team in the world. i'm ann thompson in frankfurt. now back to you. >>> and the team's flight expected to touch down in washington later today. >> that was a heartbreaker.
in afghanistan. the taliban now says it is responsible for a suicide attack that killed the mayor of kandahar. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor had been mentioned as a person who might replace afghani president's hamid karzai's half brother within karzai's inner circle. >>> we are also on top of a developing story out of south korea. at least 32 people are now dead after heavy rains caused massive landslides. many of those killed were college students who were there doing volunteer work. take a look at this video of rescue crews teaming up trying to save people trapped in the rushing water. the heavy rain also destroyed several buildings. >>> with just six days until the nation's first default, the debt showdown has hit yet another snag. a vote on house speaker john boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling is postponed until tomorrow. the delay came after a report from the congressional budget office showed that boehner's plan would cut spending by $1 trillion over ten years rather than the $1.2 trilli
guardsman who has deployed to iraq or afghanistan, but they are not the only ones of carrying the burden of military service. >> we so often hear people say, support the troops. we don't often hear them say, we support the families of the troops. is part of this making that awareness? >> yes. the military families are serving, as well. >> reporter: the cost of that service from the emotional anxiety of having a loved one at war to relocation and job changes, to home upkeep is what first lady, michelle obama, and dr. biden want people it know about. >> we went around the country for about two years and listened and heard about the problems and some of the things that we could do. >> whether you're a business leader -- >> reporter: in april they teamed up -- >> each of us can show our appreciation for everything these families do. >> reporter: to promote a white house initiative called joining forces. >> people don't know that someone in their neighborhood, their school, their church is deployed. here is a single mom or a single dad who is trying to take care of the kids and manage everyth
the insination, allegation that relatives of british soldiers killed in action in afghanistan and iraq were themselves alleged victims of cell phone hacking. their messages and voice mails also eaves dropped upon by whoever at the "news of the world" is responsible for it. and that's what the ininquiry is supposed to determine. the son of rupert murdoch did comment. >> clearly the practices of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in and i believe in and this company believes in. >> reporter: there are published reports that several people, perhaps as many as five additional employees of the paper may be arrested and charged by the end of the week. mike taibbi, nbc news, in london. >> more than 4,000 telephone hacking victims have been identified by scotland yard. >>> families of the victims of the london transit bombings also are thought to have had their cell phones hacked by investigators for that paper, "the news of the world." those families were absorbing that news today as they marked the sixth anniversary of that terror attack
that his son, james, who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had not only his cell phone tapped into by the news of the world, but also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. this is despicable. what else can you say? what on earth do they think they're going to find. >> in the words of the prime minister, people trust the police to protect them, politicians to represent them, and the press to inform them. and, he says, the british public has been failed by all three. and, amy, this storiens to spread, to spread to the united states where one of the most senior executives now runs dow jones in new york but used to run this operation and possibly to spread to other newspapers. it's no exaggeration to say it threatens british tabloid journalism as we know it. >>> thanks for the latest. time now with a check of your weekend weather with bill karins >>> a good saturday morning to you. i'm meteorologist chuck bell. welcome to your weekend. no need to worry about severe weather today. after the thunderstorms blew through here yesterday, weather has improved. a clear sky overh
angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> ann thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. >> i was working yesterday in the newsroom. no one was working. everyone was cheering. we got it on the air. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the mo
and boys -- my 16-year-old son -- men and women in uniform in afghanistan glued to the television set, watching you, cheering for you. i mean, this was a victory for women's soccer. do you think -- do you realize the difference you have made for women's sports? >> absolutely. i think it's clear that, you know, we play with so much pride and so much spirit and so much passion. and i think that's the american spirit. and i think people really grasp on to that, and they wanted to jump on the bandwagon and follow it. because truly, this country loves winners. and although we didn't bring the cup home, we have a winning attitude and winning spirit and we play with so much passion and pride. and i think the country really enjoyed watching. >> and you've got daughters, christie. >> two little girls. >> so this is particularly poignant for you. >> yeah, it was definitely amazing to finish off the tournament like that and just to be able to go home to two little girls smiling and inspiring the youth, you know, and hopefully everyone, you know, jumps on board and enjoys the board of soccer and
of the morning. good morning. >> good morning. a suicide bomber in afghanistan at sass nated the mayor of kandahar overnight. the taliban claimed responsibility. this as u.s. officials issue new warnings that the death of osama bin laden ratcheted up the risk of anti-american violence worldwide. the counter terrorism remain optimistic saying that al qaeda is on the brink op all-out collapse. >>> house democrat has been arrested outside the white house during the protest against u.s. immigration policy. it was the second time the congressman from illinois had been arrested at a white house demonstration. he has since been released. >>> meantime, congressman david wu from oregon now says he will resign as soon as the debt ceiling crisis is resolved after allegations of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old girl. >>> senators are blasting airlines for hiking ticket prices as the faa undergo a partial shut down, this after congress failed to pass legislation last week to keep the agency fully operational. and while the faa is on hold, airlines are not able to collect ticket taxes which add
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